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Sunday, 14 March 2010

Whatever happened to communication?

(Please note, the following blog is not a personal attack on any individual. This is just my thoughts on current communication.)

With the amount of ways we have of communicating, you would think that we would all feel pretty satisfied with our levels of socialisation. Well, I'm not.

Facebook and similar websites, seem to have replaced phone calls, text messages and even emails. The only way I seem to hear about important events in my friends lives, is through an extremely impersonal status update on Facebook!

Last week I was having a conversation with a friend of mine (in real life wouldn't you know - this is a rare event) and she told me about an event which had occurred the previous day. My friend then said to me:
" Oh, well you should know about this, it was on Facebook."
I replied: " No, I haven't been on Facebook lately."

This seemed to shock her, but she did recall her tale to me, using the ancient form of talking.

What is the point of this blog? Other than to have a rant, I hear you ask (I assume you would, as I would if another individual had written this.) I like the fact we have many ways to stay in touch (Facebook, Myspace, etc) BUT they should not, in any way, replace traditional forms of communication. These extra forms of communication, should be a way of staying in touch with friends and family you do not see on a regular basis.

In the rare occasion I manage to speak with any friends on the phone, the calls seem to be very brief, no detail seems to be needed nowadays.

When I receive a call, I answer it. If I have a missed call, I return it. I despise it when people are so busy, they can't even be bothered to pick up the phone or return your call. I feel like I have no one to talk to, unless I feel like writing the following sentence on a social networking site: " Heya hun. Hows u? Lets meet up soon yeah? Lolz! xoxoxoxo" (Note that I NEVER use such a so-called abbreviation as "u" or "lolz") Even Facebook messages seem not worthy of a reply nowadays.

Is there a hint I am missing? Maybe times have changed and others don't feel the need for proper communication. I miss phone calls and face-to-face meetings. No wonder so many people seem to be blue, or worse still, depressed.

Bring back talking and phone calls, before it is too late.

(Anyone who has any views on this subject is welcome to leave a comment.)

1 comment:

Hanni-lou said...

Well said my dear! Tragically, your point was proven almost instantly as when I finished reading your comments I instinctively looked for the 'Like' button and became quite confused when I couldn't find it...oops.

I'm all for joining your movement to bring back good, old fashioned communication! Starting with Saturday...looking forward to seeing you. Drinks, food and chatting are the way forward!

See you soon. Han xxxx